Thursday, October 15, 2009

5th Anniversary calls for homemade cinnamon rolls!

On October 9, 2009 Matt and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! It is hard to believe it was five years ago we were married and celebrated with family and friends on the Indiana University campus where we met. As I look out my window, we have had so much rain lately I realize how fortunate we were five years ago to have a gorgeous fall day to showcase Indiana's beautiful trees our state is so famous for in the fall.

Matt and I have been on many wonderful adventures together--his job as an Air Traffic Controller in the military, living in beautiful Savannah Georgia, vacation/study in Italy, hiking the Franconia Notch in New Hampshire, taking a trip aboard the Amtrak just to name a few. I look forward to more adventures I haven't even thought of that will continue to open my mind, cause me to be flexible, inspired, spontaneous and mobile! Stay tuned for many more fabulous years with us! In the meantime you could find us celebrating our 5th anniversary dinner at a little local Italian restaurant, Ragazzi that promised to serve real Italian food and accommodate my allergy to garlic. Fantastaco!

Now what about those cinnamon rolls?! Since our anniversary was on a Friday and I was headed to work & Matt was headed to class and work I thought homemade cinnamon rolls would be a scrumptious way to begin the day! I have made cinnamon rolls before and they were not the soft, warm & gooey rolls I had hoped for. Enter my new favorite recipe. If you are visiting my house these will be served!

The beauty of this recipe is there’s no kneading. You simply mix the ingredients in the order they’re listed and then let it rise. The “no-knead” part is what makes these rolls so soft and delicious. This recipe says it makes 30-36 rolls, but mine probably made about 20-25 rolls. Either way, it makes a large batch of deliciousness! Mmmmmmm....

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup oil
11/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 cup hot water (too hot to hold your hand in)
1/2 cup warm water (able to hold your hand in comfortably)
2 packages yeast (2 tablespoons)
2 eggs (large)
6-7 cups all-purpose flour (This will be added gradually. Do NOT pour it in all at once.)

8 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons cinnamon

1 stick butter or margarine
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the dough: In a large bowl, mix ingredients in the order listed. Whisk mixture after each ingredient is added. When you begin adding flour, the whisk will work. However, after about 3 cups of flour, it will be too stiff to use the whisk. Switch to a wooden spoon. Do not BEAT the dough. This will cause you to need more flour than called for and will make the dough stiff and the rolls dry. Simply blend in flour until it disappears in the dough. When all the flour has been added, switch dough to another large, well-oiled bowl It will be very sticky, but should look “wet.” Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise until doubled in size. In the fridge, this will take several hours. If allowed to stand in a warm place (by a heating register, on top of a stove while the oven is on, by a window where the sun comes in), the dough will rise in about an hour. Sometimes the dough rises so much it will actually split the plastic wrap on the bowl.

For the rolls: When dough has doubled, divide into two equal halves. Use 9-by-13-inch pans for baking the rolls. Prepare pans for baking by greasing them with shortening or cooking spray. Cover bottom of pan with waxed paper, then grease the waxed paper with shortening or cooking spray. On a lightly floured work surface, roll one half of dough out into a 12-by-17-inch rectangle. Brush rectangle with half the melted butter (4 tablespoons). Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Sprinkle half of sugar/cinnamon mixture over melted butter on dough Beginning with a short end of the rectangle, gently roll dough up into a “log.”
Using a serrated knife (one with “teeth” in it), cut rolls about 1 inch thick. Place rolls, evenly spaced, in prepared pans. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Cover pans loosely with plastic wrap and allow rolls to rise until doubled in size. (They may also rise overnight in the refrigerator, which is what I do)

When rolls have risen to the desired height (or have come to room temperature out of the fridge in the morning!), heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes or until barely golden brown. Do NOT overbake as they will be dry. While rolls are baking, make icing as follows.

Icing: In a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Remove from heat when butter is melted. Using a whisk, stir in powdered sugar until mixture looks “pasty” and “crumbly” in pan. Gradually add milk while stirring until icing becomes smooth and of a pourable consistency. Don’t be afraid to add more or less milk or sugar in order to get icing the way YOU like it. Use a whisk to smooth out any lumps. Stir in vanilla. As mixture cools, it will thicken. You may want to add more milk to thin icing before pouring it over your rolls.

When rolls are done, immediately flip them onto a baking sheet and peel off the waxed paper. Flip them right-side up onto a serving platter and pour over the icing before the rolls cool. Allow icing to seep into the rolls and down the sides. Makes 30-36 rolls.

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  1. Thanks for your comment! I got the ravens from Michael's and just swapped my wedding pictures for them just for the month of October. Cheap decorations are my thing. :)

    Oh, by the way, I made your tortellini soup recipe (adding sausage to it) from a previous post and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate it so much! It means a lot from someone who has been through the same thing!

    And the cinnamon rolls look yummy!!!